Cincinnati Reds 2014 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

CINCINNATI REDS

1. Robert Stephenson RHP


2. Billy Hamilton OF


3. Phillip Ervin OF


4. Jesse Winker OF


5. David Holmberg LHP


6. Ben Lively RHP


7. Tanner Rahier 3B


8. Nick Travieso RHP


9. Carlos Contreras RHP


10. Michael Lorenzen RHP


11. Yorman Rodriguez OF


12. Jeremy Kivel RHP


13. Amir Garrett LHP


14. KJ Franklin 3B


15. Aristides Aquino OF


16. Cory Thompson SS


17. Henry Rodriguez 2B


18. Mark Armstrong RHP


19. Jon Moscot RHP


20. Zack Weiss RHP

Cincinnati Reds 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/20/2012)

1) Billy Hamilton – SS
Highest Level: AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
2012 Stats:
MILB: .318, 19(2B), 10(3B), 2HR, 33RBI, 112SB

2) Tony Cingrani – P
Highest Level: AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
2012 Stats:
MILB: 10-2, 1.19ERA, 105.2IP, 30BB, 123K, .186BAA

3) Daniel Corcino – P
Highest Level: AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos
2012 Stats:
MILB: 7-5, 3.25ERA, 105.1IP, 47BB, 98K, .223BAA

4) Robert Stephenson – P
Highest Level: Rookie League Billings Mustangs
2012 Stats:
MILB: 1-0, 2.10ERA, 25.2IP, 8BB, 33K, .200BAA

5) Nick Travieso – P
Highest Level: 2012 Draft Pick – Has Not Played

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2012 Cincinnati Reds Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
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2012 Cincinnati Reds Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Cincinnati Reds Top Prospects.

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Devin Mesoraco C
Born: 6/19/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Cincinnati Reds
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .289, 36(2B), 2(3B), 15HR, 71RBI
MAJORS: .180, 3(2B), 2(3B), 6RBI (9 hits in 50 at-bats)

#2 Billy Hamilton SS
Born: 9/9/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Dayton Dragons
2011 Combined Stats: .278, 18(2B), 9(3B), 3HR, 50RBI, 103SB

#3 Robert Stephenson RHP
Born: 2/24/1993
Highest Level Reached: 1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#4 Daniel Corcino RHP
Born: 8/26/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Dayton Dragons
2011 Combined Stats: 11-7, 3.42ERA, 139.1IP, 34BB, 156K, .238BAA

#5 Zack Cozart SS
Born: 8/12/1985
Highest Level Reached: MLB Cincinnati Reds
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .310, 26(2B), 2(3B), 7HR, 32RBI, 9SB
MAJORS: .324, 2HR, 3RBI (12 hits in 37 at-bats)

#6 Tony Cingrani LHP
Born: 7/5/1989
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Billings Mustangs
2011 Combined Stats: 3-2, 1.75ERA, 51.1IP, 6BB, 80K, .190BAA

#7 Kyle Lotzkar RHP
Born: 10/24/1989
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Dayton Dragons
2011 Combined Stats: 3-2, 4.32ERA, 66.2IP, 25BB, 72K, .213BAA

#8 Didi Gregorius SS
Born: 2/18/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Carolina Mudcats
2011 Combined Stats: .289, 18(2B), 4(3B), 7HR, 44RBI, 11SB

#9 Ryan LaMarre OF
Born: 11/21/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Carolina Mudcats
2011 Combined Stats: .278, 18(2B), 3(3B), 6HR, 47RBI, 55SB

#10 Gabriel Rosa OF
Born: 7/2/1993
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League AZL Reds
2011 Combined Stats: .245, 5(2B), 3(3B), 2HR, 10RBI

#11 Todd Frazier 3B
Born: 2/12/1986
Highest Level Reached: MLB Cincinnati Reds
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .260, 18(2B), 1(3B), 15HR, 46RBI, 17SB
MAJORS: .232, 5(2B), 6HR, 15RBI (26 hits in 112 at-bats)

#12 Kyle McMyne RHP
Born: 10/18/1989
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Billings Mustangs
2011 Combined Stats: 1-1, 8.00ERA, 27IP, 14BB, 27K, .336BAA

#13 Neftali Soto 1B
Born: 2/28/1989
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Louisville Bats
2011 Combined Stats: .278, 19(2B), 3(3B), 31HR, 80RBI

#14 Yorman Rodriguez OF
Born: 8/15/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Dayton Dragons
2011 Combined Stats: .254, 10(2B), 4(3B), 7HR, 40RBI, 20SB

#15 Juan Duran OF
Born: 9/2/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Dayton Dragons
2011 Combined Stats: .264, 21(2B), 2(3B), 16HR, 71RBI

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

VIDEO: Pete Rose Great Hitter; Poor Speller

This Pete Rose fan swung by The Art Of Music in Las Vegas and had the Cincinnati Reds Hall Of Famer sign a baseball for him. The young man asked Pete to sign the ball “Pay It Forward” as the fan is part of the random acts of kindness movement. Pete happily obliges but makes a small error in spelling the word “Forward” as you will see at the end of the clip. For the record the word “Forward” is listed as “basic” on this 6th grade spelling list. The autograph signing made a great memory for this fan, produced a nice conversation piece for his home or office, and provided the YouTube watching public with a humorous clip. Enjoy. Oh and for the record Pete, don’t feel bad, there’s a good chance I would have misspelled it too :)

VIDEO: Cincinnati Reds Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan Leads World’s Largest Chicken Dance

Cincinnati Reds Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan led the crowd at Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. Enjoy the video and the post chicken dance interview with Morgan.

2011 Cincinnati Reds Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Cincinnati Reds preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Aroldis Chapman GRADE: A-
Chapman, through September 11th is 4-1 with a 4.09ERA for the Reds. He has walked 37 and struck out 65 in 44 innings. Opposing hitters are batting just .154 against Chapman this season. In nine minor league rehab appearances between the Double-A Carolina Mudcats and Triple-A Louisville Bats, Chapman went 1-2 with a 8.31ERA in 13 innings of work.

#2 Devin Mesoraco GRADE: A-
Mesoraco batted .289 with 36 Doubles, 2 Triples, 15 Home Runs and 71 RBI’s for Triple-A Louisville. He walked 52 times and struck out 83 times in 120 games. Through September 11th, Mesoraco was hitting .143 with a Double and a RBI in 14 big league at-bats with the Reds.

#3 Billy Hamilton GRADE: A
Hamilton became only the 11th player in Minor League Baseball History to steal 100 or more bases in a season. He finished with 103 stolen bases and was caught 20 times for Low-A Dayton. He batted .278 with 18 Doubles, 9 Triples, 3 Home Runs and 50 RBI.

#4 Yasmani Grandal GRADE: A-
Grandal batted a combined .305 with 31 Doubles, 14 Home Runs and 68 RBI’s across the High-A Bakersfield Blaze, Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville. He walked 59 times and struck out 97 times in 105 games.

#5 Yonder Alonso GRADE: A
Alonso batted .296 with 24 Doubles, 4 Triples, 12 Home Runs and 56 RBI’s at Triple-A Louisville. Through September 11th, he was batting .403 with 4 Doubles, 4 Home Runs, and 13 RBI’s in 62 at-bats ats for the Reds.

#6 Yorman Rodriguez GRADE: B-
Rodriguez batted .254 with 10 Doubles, 4 Triples, 7 Home Runs, 40 RBI and 20 Stolen Bases for the Low-A Dayton Dragons in 79 games before a season ending hand injury during the final game of July.

#7 Ryan LaMarre GRADE: B
LaMarre batted a combined .278 with 18 Doubles, 3 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 47 RBI’s in 117 Games with High-A Bakersfield and 5 Games with Double-A Carolina. He stole 55 bases on the season.

#8 Juan Francisco GRADE: B
Francisco batted .318 with 26 Doubles, 1 Triple, 16 Home Runs and 53 RBI’s for Triple-A Louisville. In 47 big league at-bats with the Reds through September 11th, Francisco was batting .234 with 2 Doubles and 2 RBI’s.

#9 Drew Cisco GRADE: DID NOT PLAY
Cisco missed the 2011 season following Tommy John Surgery.

#10 Todd Frazier GRADE: B
Frazier batted .260 with 18 Doubles, 1 Triple, 15 Home Runs and 46 RBI for Triple-A Louisville. Through September 11th, Frazier was hitting .217 with 4 Doubles, 6 Home Runs and 13 RBI’s in 92 big league at-bats with the Reds.

#11 Ismael Guillon GRADE: D+
Guillon went 3-6 with a 6.57ERA in 15 starts for the Rookie League Billings Mustangs. He walked 46 and struck out 61 in 63 innings of work. Opponents batted .305 off of Guillon on the year.

#12 Ron Torreyes GRADE: A-
Torreyes batted .356 with 9 Doubles, 5 Triples, 3 Home Runs, and 47 RBI’s for Low-A Dayton. He also stole 12 bases. He walked 14 times and struck out just 19 times in 65 games.

#13 Kyle Waldrop GRADE: B-
Waldrop batted .273 with 22 Doubles, 9 Triples, 5 Home Runs, and 29 RBI’s for Rookie League Billings. He walked 10 times and struck out 65 times in 68 games.

#14 Devin Lohman GRADE: C+
Lohman batted .272 with 19 Doubles, 3 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 69 RBI’s combined between Rookie League Billings, Low-A Dayton, and High-A Bakersfield. He also stole 19 bases on the season.

#15 Juan Duran GRADE: C+
Duran batted .264, with 21 Doubles, 2 Triples, 16 Home Runs, and 71 RBI’s for Low-A Dayton. He walked 34 times and struck out 152 times in 104 games.

Reds Prospect Billy Hamilton Talks About His Chase For 100 Stolen Bases

From 1888-1901 Hall Of Famer Billy Hamilton stole 100 bases four times during his career. Over a century later a Cincinnati Reds prospect of the same name is looking for his 100th stolen base in the minors. Billy Hamilton entered Wednesday night five stolen bases away from becoming the first minor leaguer since Esix Snead to steal 100 bases in a season. In the story the Dayton Dragons shortstop talks about his quest for 100 stolen bases, missing his Mississippi home town, and having former big league speedburner Delino Deshields as his manager and mentor.

Dayton’s Hamilton offers silver lining to Reds’ season — Cincinnati.com

Legally Blind Man Mark Wetzel Is A Hitting Instructor For Pro Baseball Players

Great story from our friend Jason Bristol who is a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol. Private instructor Mark Wetzel has made a career as a hitting instructor despite being legally blind. Among his clients are former Cincinnati Reds prospect Eric Eymann who now plays for the York Revolution in the Atlantic League who talks about his experience being taught by Wetzel. It’s an awe inspiring story.

VIDEO: Umpire Falls During Reds Prospect Billy Hamilton’s Double

Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton arguably the fastest man in the minors currently has 91 stolen bases. He also has 15 doubles this year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. On this particular double, the first base umpire takes the spotlight from Hamilton as he falls face forward across the infield as he runs to get in position for a play at second.

Journeyman Catcher Corky Miller Plans To Keep Playing Baseball As Long As People Are Offering Him Jobs

I’m not sure if it is a record, but Corky Miller has spent parts of the last 11 consecutive seasons playing in the International League including this season as a member of the Louisville Bats. He has also spent parts of the last 10 years playing in the big leagues, compiling a total of 199 big league games with the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. His career batting average in the big leagues is just .188 but his impact both in the majors as well as in Triple-A in helping develop pitchers, has kept Miller in baseball for all these years and led to lots of success for a number of current big league pitchers who Miller caught for in the minor leagues. In the story Miller talks about his journeyman career in which he has seen and done about everything there is to see or do, how he plans to continue to play baseball until teams stop calling, and stealing home his rookie season. Also some of the pitchers for whom he has caught offer their antidotes about Miller’s brutal honesty behind the plate. It’s a very good read.

Corky Miller a once-in-a-lifetime guy — Cincinnati.com